I'm ready to leave Tumblr for something simple yet powerful. It would be great to design and build the UI, but not have to worry about the admin parts. Suggestions?
I stick to Jekyll. I think it's pretty good if you want to focus on both design and content. Kirby is also a pretty good, and highly customizable CMS - the only caveat being that you haven to pay per installation.
I've been working on a theme for myself. It's really pretty and easy to customize.
This looks really appetizing - have you built anything with it? Can you show us a link?
Not exactly the easiest to pick up but I haven't found a better CMS than ExpressionEngine. It's very powerful (too powerful, for simple use cases, in fact) and doesn't make any assumptions about your design or markup. http://ellislab.com/expressionengine
There was another thread here on the same subject a week ago but it's a bit hard to find without search ;)
Jekyll is only good if you're geeky enough but it all comes down to what you want. Is it for blogging? Is it for a business website? For you? For clients?
This tweet and its replies may also help you. :) https://twitter.com/kerem/status/308381904913178624
That conversation took us back to 1995.
Hahaha, I know what you mean. I just thought that the tweet would get replies which the OP would find useful, since Kerem wants to switch from Tumblr as well.
While not self-hosted - but Zesty (http://gozesty.com) is a nice robust, hosted CMS that has some great features for SEO as well. Definitely worth checking out!